The link between high blood pressure and digestive problems

November 27, 2012
Volume 09    |   Issue 48

I’ve written a lot about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. These conditions often cause severe stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and chronic severe diarrhea. Most of the time, avoiding grains with this protein (wheat, barley, and rye) will solve the problem. If it doesn’t, it’s possible gluten isn’t causing your problems.

The Mayo Clinic recently found out that how you treat your high blood pressure might be causing your symptoms.

The doctors at the Mayo Clinic looked at 22 patients who had gluten sensitivity symptoms. But antibody blood tests did not support that diagnosis. And when they put them on a gluten-free diet, they didn’t improve at all. So the doctors began looking for other common factors in these 22 patients.

Over the next three years, the doctors found that all 22 had high blood pressure. And all 22 of them were taking the angiotensin receptor blocker olmesartan (Benicar). Olmesartan is a popular drug (with over $500 million in annual sales) doctors prescribe to lower blood pressure because it doesn’t carry as many side effects as other antihypertensives. However, it takes only one side effect to ruin your life.

These drugs consistently caused severe intestinal damage in the patients who experienced this side effect. Patients with celiac can experience mild to severe damage. It appears the patients had an allergy to this drug that was more severe than celiacs.

What’s scary about this side effect is that 12 of the patients experienced a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine that antibiotics could not resolve. I’ve shown you how a bacterial overgrowth can lead to other health problems, including hypothyroidism and breast cancer. Are drugs causing the huge rise in occurrence with these conditions? It’s something we need to consider.

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Doctors are quick to prescribe medications to lower high blood pressure, but we don’t know all the trouble they can cause. Instead of jumping on the medication bandwagon, treat your high blood pressure the natural way first. Look at your diet and make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Also make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise. Diet and exercise will fix most cases of mildly high blood pressure.

If these don’t do the trick, I’ve found a natural formula that is safe and effective. It normalizes blood pressure and supports good heart health. Circutol has nattokinase, which helps balance your blood pressure. You won’t experience low blood pressure (a common problem with the medications), as it keeps your blood pressure in a very healthy range. And it won’t cause any of these celiac-like symptoms.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,


Kaiser, Chris. “BP Drug Linked to ‘Gluten Sensitivity,’” MedPage Today, June 22, 2012.

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